Singular Sensations - Patricia Routledge
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Edward Seckerson continues his Singular Sensations series of in-depth encounters with stars of musical theatre at London’s Charing Cross Theatre. On Sunday 23rd August at 3pm Caharing Cross Theatre are delighted to welcome back Patricia Routledge to discuss her extensive career in musical theatre. Patricia Routledge, the popular TV actress who has also enjoyed an award-winning career in drama and musical theatre Known to millions as the pretentious Hyacinth Bucket (“It’s pronounced Bouquet”) in the BBC TV sit-com Keeping Up Appearances, Patricia Routledge is also one of our finest stage actresses. A 60-year career has seen her playing everything from Shakespeare to musical theatre. Musical theatre? Eyebrows are probably being raised in surprise. The public it seems are stuck with an image of Routledge as the aforementioned Hyacinth or as her other best known TV character, the private investigator Hetty Wainthropp. Yet her CV is positively bulging with roles in which her training as a classical singer has come to the fore. Her many awards include a Tony for her Broadway performance in the Styne-Harburg musical Darling of the Day and a Laurence Olivier Award for Leonard Bernstein’s Candide. She also played Nettie Fowler in the highly acclaimed production of Carousel at the National Theatre and has made occasional forays into operetta. Most recently she starred with Edward Fox in An Ideal Husband at Chichester.